Saturday, June 25, 2011

Two and a Half Men... Will it be any good after Sheen leaves?

We all love Charlie Sheen in "Two and a Half Men," but withought him, will we really watch the comedy still? I think not. Sheen is, of course, the main character in the comedy, but he really does make the show. Without him, so much will be lost that can never be regained with Ashton Kutcher as the new star of the series. Sheen gives the show a humor that both adults and teenagers can enjoy, and his age makes it all the funnier; not that he's old, but he's the perfect age for his character to be utterly hilarious.

Ashton Kutcher is funny, but in a different way as Charlie Sheen. He doesn't seem fit to fill the roll; yes, I know he isn't playing Charlie on the show, but bear with me. Kutcher will forever be known as Michael Kelso from "that seventies show," where he played a stupid airhead who, while filled with off-the-wall hilarious comments, seemed rather abnoctious at given points. Yes, that is just one roll, but it seems he plays those kind of rolls the best. I am really unsure that he will succeed in the upcoming seasons of "Two and a Half Men."

Of course, this is all my opinion, I speak for me and me alone, but I'm sure my feelings are shared with at least a select few of others. I have nothing against Kutcher, I just don't believe that he was the right choice to fill the lead in "Two and a Half Men." I wish him the best of luck though, but I doubt I will continue to watch the comedy after Sheen leaves.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Trying to Keep up

Summer is going by far too fast, and I don't like that fact. I wish it would take a time out and slow up a bit. I have so much I want to do and say before I leave for college. Everything seems to be going downhill for me, but I know it will get better; I just have to get used to all the good and bad changes in my life. Well, this is just a short little- summary I guess -so that I don't forget about my blog. Thank you Mrs. Gillmore for introducing it to me in tenth grade; i didn't like it at first, but I do now.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

thINK #3

Harsh Times are Sure to Come, Stand Strong
Journal Entry: December 2, 2010
Katelyn Hardin

Harsh Times are Sure to Come, Stand Strong

Wallace Stevens, through diction, and especially imagery, in his poem "The Snowman," reveals beauty in the harshest of conditions, and man's ability to withstand and survive all his trials and errors and continue towering above all else. One must dive into life with an open mind to be able to conquer his own tribulations. By looking at what is ahead, and not dwelling on the past, one can achieve whatever he wishes.

One may have to endure scrutinizing, agonizing, torturous situations, but in the end, he will see the "distant glitter" that is awaiting him. Open mindedness is important in these crucial tribulations. Without an open mind, one could become consumed in the present, and begin to think that the future doesn't exist anymore. With an open mind, one can configure a way to triumph over his hardships and move on with no worries, and leave the past in the past.

Endurance and strength seem to be two major trials that one must overcome while working through his other personal battles as well. One may find that rather difficult, but if he can withstand, good will arise. Like a snowman in the blistering winds of early January, if one can find the will to make himself immovable, but not unloving or uncaring, by all outside sources minus himself, if he can withstand all the painstaking times thrown at him like the long, rough coldness a snowman encounters, then he will surely come out on top.

Stevens, Wallace. "The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens." PoemHunter.Com - Thousands of Poems and Poets.. Poetry Search Engine. Web. 01 Dec. 2010. .

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Selfishness is a serious matter

Selfishness is a Serious Matter
Journal Entry: November 18, 2010
Katelyn Hardin

Selfishness is a Serious Matter

Revenge, lust, betrayal, all things Arthur Miller portrays in "The Crucible" through agonizing deaths resulting from terrible lies told by one sniveling, selfish child! Why does one always feel the need to lie for his own good? Why? Because he is uncomfortable in his own skin? Because he wants all eyes on himself?

Selfishness is a huge problem in the world of today, yesterday, and, more than likely, tomorrow as well. Selfishness results in blindness; blindness to love, blindness to hate, blindness to friendship, joy, happiness, even blindness to selfishness. Pain, suffering, heartache, only a few of the many harms selfishness inflicts upon its victims.

When one is selfish, he doesn't have many friends, no one wants to be around him, so therefore, he is harming not only others, but himself as well. Why inflict harm on yourself, much less others, when all one has to do is give a little here and give a little there?

Don't do things out of selfishness, especially because of lust and revenge! Selfishness can cause serious damage, especially if taken too far, which most tend to do. One needs to take others' emotions into thought before acting out of selfishness. More harm can, and WILL be done if one only thinks of himself.

Miller, Arthur. Arthur Miller's The Crucible. New York: Bloom's Literary Criticism, 2008. Print.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

thINK asignment

Stand Strong Through all that Comes Your Way
Journal Entry: November 9, 2010
Katelyn Hardin

Stand Strong Through all that Comes Your Way

Gossage, in his detailed imagery of "the pond," portrays the beauty and complex features of such a simplistic photograph.

The pond, seemingly so unruly and uncared for by anyone, has beauty beyond measure. The photograph comes across, if looked at closely, as very calm and elegant. The trees, they seem to flow to and fro with one another as if they were a team who, rather disorganized, works together very carefully and lovingly as one whole.

As the darkness falls upon the trees, all their leaves gone, and color faded away, they still stand tall and strong. The trees, their branches thrown around like a wacky hair style, are determined to remain calm and relaxed as a ball team who does not want to be too cocky so they do not wind of losing the game. The team, the trees, after losing their final game in the playoffs, overwhelmed by sadness, still has the ability to hold strong, their heads held high and bodies strong.

This photograph proves that, even in times of darkness and worry, one can still stand tall and strong, for there are surely better days to come. The trees, though living in a dark, colorless world, surrounding the serene pond, may be troubled, but they are still standing tall and strong. One should take the lesson from these trees to never give up and to stand strong through all hardships and tribulations.

Gossage, John. "Exhibitions: John Gossage: The Pond." American Art. Web. 11 Nov. 2010. .

Monday, October 11, 2010

Communion is Everywhere
Journal Entry: October 11, 2010
Katelyn Hardin

Communion is Everywhere

Through clearly stated detail and diction, Thomas C. Foster, in How to Read Literature Like a Professor, presents the fact that if one takes the time to look about, he will find acts of communion in every corner. Communion can take on different symbolic meanings, but all in all, it means the act of people coming together to eat or drink.

When one thinks of communion, he normally thinks church. This is a plausible thought because, at church, people come together to take in the body and blood of Christ. But church communion isn’t the only form of communion; people perform acts of communion in everyday life. Eating together at the lunch table in school, or around the snack machine at work, or even at home around the dinner table or just relaxing on the couch with a drink in hand; communion comes in all sorts of different forms.

Communion, as it is normally thought of, always symbolizes good happenings. Well, most of the time this is true. The taking in of the body and blood of Christ shows one’s love and thanks for his savior, and most of the time, eating lunch or lounging can be relaxing and thought provoking. But, meals can take a turn for the worse. Something bad can happen, such as someone baring bad news, or an unexpected, unwanted intruder arises to ruin the supper. When happenings such as those occur, the communion plummets from good to terrible. We find that, at times, people plot the demise of the other, and; therefore, the revulsion of doing harm to “one’s dinner companion” is reinforced.

Communion is important in the world of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. One learns things from dining and drinking with another, and whether that lesson is good or bad, it is still a valuable lesson to be learned.

Foster, Thomas C. "Nice to Eat with You: Acts of Communion." How to Read Literature like a Professor: a Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading between the Lines. New York: Harper, 2008. 7-14. Print.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Beauty isn't Always Recognized as it Should Be

Journal Entry: October 7, 2010

Katelyn Hardin

Beauty isn't Always Recognized as it Should Be.

With his vivid use of color and shadowing as representation of the beauty of the world around us, Dale Chihuly demonstrates how the world seems to pass by in a blur without ever truly being noticed. People live day to day life as routinely as possible without really caring about anything outside of their everyday comfort zone.

One may walk by a bush of beautiful yellow, pink, white, and red roses and not even notice anymore because everyone is always in a rush to get somewhere. If people could stop and take the time to appreciate the beauty of the world, they would see things with a new eye, and learn to appreciate the world around them even more. Life would be far more fun, and each day would be far greater. People tend to be far less stressed when they take the time to go out into the world and look at the beauty around them.

Chihuly expresses his ideas by painting the people as faint and clear, and the flowers and sky in bright beautiful colors. Beauty needs to be appreciated, taken in and thought about, and enjoyed as much as possible. If only people would take the time to enjoy nature, they would find that life is so much better than before.

Beauty is an amazing aspect of this world. If people weren't so distracted by work, money, trying to survive as well as they possibly can, they could take the time to enjoy the wonders of this amazing planet as they should.

Chihuly, Dale. "Imagine a Chihuly Exhibition at Seattle Center!" Dale Chihuly - Artist. Web. 11 Oct. 2010. <>.